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Built to Cruise – She’s Alive!


It’s been hell week at the StangNet shop and MANY hours spent on this painstaking 2011 Fox 5.0 swap project…better known as Built to Cruise.  So what do we have in store?  How about the inaugural crank-start, woot!

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss prints available from Ford Images

So, let’s get this straight; not only do owners of the new 2012 Mustang Boss 302 get to enjoy their nameplate Ford Mustang specimens whenever they want, they also get the chance to bask in their cars’ beauty whenever they want by placement of official prints of their very own.  Right.  Ford Images is providing owners with the chance, and proof of order of course, to have a shot of their actual vehicle, framed, mounted, spec’d, and VIN-customized for all to see… even on those rainy or snowy (gasp) days.  What’s even cooler is the fact the prints released are all autographed by racing legend Parnelli Jones, the winner of the1970 SCCA Trans-Am Series championship while piloting none other than…you guessed it–a Mustang Boss 302.

Even better, everyone gets to benefit in all purchases made related to Ford Images and prints for the near term.  More details exist within the official Press Release from Ford, so keep reading up!

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Supercharged Ford Mustang sets half mile speed record

What happens when you mix a NASCAR driver, Bristol Motor Speedway, a Ford Racing 2011 Mustang GT, and pit them against the toughest competitor out there…the clock?  An awesome display of skill & horsepower, that’s in the least!  David Ragan put down the net to his Ford Fusion and took the reins of a tweaked-out 2011 Mustang GT in an attempt to post up a serious half-mile time.  How did he fair?  He posted a new production car speed & time record of 98.497 miles per hour in just 19.481 seconds.  Pretty awesome feat!

So while that doesn’t sound all too impressive to those of us used to 1320 times, well, put it like this: the best of super bikes was only able to eek out a time just a tenth slower & a mph slower, also.  That’s nuts; a Mustang beating a bike around the track in a 1/2-mile sprint!

Ready to see the record-setting footage?  Keep going!

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Video of the awesome Boss Mustang TracKey

After we showed you the 2012 Mustang BOSS 302 from Ford Racing and its awesome TracKey feature back in November, we got lots of questions on when we would see this new tech in action. Our inquisition is now pacified…

This little piece of pocket tech from Ford Racing allows for direct personality shift between street and track performance trims. The standard black key does all the regular, simple functions one expects in a carved piece of metal. The red TracKey, however, engages a software program which changes over 200 power train parameters.

Hit the jump to see the BOSS 302 in action with the all-new TracKey technology.

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EcoBoost Ford Mustang on the way

Or at least that’s at least what hints, hopes, and rumors point toward in the upcoming years of the Ford Mustang.  We Mustang fans have to believe that something truly awesome will come on the eve of OR the year of the Mustang 50th Anniversary.  So much goodness has come out of Dearborn and the aftermarket these past few years, it’s gonna be hard to keep the inquiring minds at bay until the time comes…when rumor & speculation are laid to the wayside of truth.

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2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Engine Build

On the eve of official 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet production, Ford Racing has thrown out some great tidbits and photos of the engine build process for our viewing pleasure. It’s pretty awesome to see the detailed creation of the all-aluminum 5.4-liter engine block & rotating assembly and how it makes its way, station by station, all the way to the supercharged monster which ultimately lands beneath the hood of the 2012 Cobra Jet.

We’ve got the gallery and text below, but if you want to get a more linear time line of the sexy supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine build, be sure to check out the complete procession of the build over at the Ford Racing site!


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201X Mustang – The Future?

If there’s one thing Ford Mustang fans know all too well, it’s to not be complacent with today’s awesome Mustang GT, Shelby GT500, and other powerful aftermarket derivatives a la Mustang.  We’ve seen a lot of great things happen in 2010 and 2011, with 2012 only adding to the mix with the return of the Boss Mustang 302 and many other awesome attributes.  So now, what do we get excited about in the 2012 Mustang, the 2013 Mustang, 2014 Mustang, and beyond?  Will the Shelby GT500 slide to the wayside with a rebirth of the coveted SVT Cobra nameplate?  Will the Boss remain the king of the road and track?  What happens if the hippies win in D.C. and we step back to 4-cylinder engines, or gasp, electric power plants?  It’s tough to tell, but right now, all we have to say is “the sky is the limit”.

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1-shot Grabber Blue 2012 Mustang Boss on the block

UPDATE:  Sold for $450,00 at the auction!

Looks like the Blue Oval boys have set up an attention getter at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Laguna Seca, with a hotter than ever 2012 Mustang Boss 302 set to take stage and go home with a thick wallet.  The proceeds from the sale of this 2012 Boss will, like many Shelby auctions of recent, go for the benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

This one-of-a-kind Grabber Blue Boss Mustang will sport more than the base Boss stuff.  It will also adorn black accents upon the roof, mirrors, and spoiler; will have a set of Recaro seats with Grabber Blue embroidery, and under the hood–a 444hp 5.0-liter V8.  Awesome.

Keep reading to get the full scoop in the PR from Ford.

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Check the 2012 Boss 302 ‘S’ Race-Ready Mustang from Ford Racing

We are sure to see an official announcement sooner or later, but for now, we know that Ford Racing plans to unleash a new race-ready 2012 Mustang Boss 302 S track car.  There’s not a ton to go on right now, but FordRacingParts.com has the specifics on what will be rolled into the 2012 Boss 302S.  The leaked photo we have here is sure to be expounded upon as we make it closer to an official Press Release.

The 2012 Mustang Boss 302S, in a nutshell, is a factory-built turnkey race car.  Prepped on the line for SCCA and NASA class racing, loaded with Ford Racing Performance Parts, and carrying a price tag of $79,000, you’d better be serious about speed to keep up.  What’s more, the production stream will be limited to just 50 units, whereas the Boss 302R is currently without limitation.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this track terror.  More details and specs continue, below.

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2012 Mustang Cobra Jet specs revealed

Without an official blessing from Ford, somehow, the specifications for the 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet have surfaced (right, wrong, or indifferent) and we’re here to help spread the news.  The 2010 Cobra Jet, as you see, was a serious monster released as a production car by Ford/Ford Racing, set to terrorize every drag strip imaginable, to be controlled by a limited few.

So here we are, merely facing the intro of the 2011 Mustang models, and Ford somehow manages to tease out details on a performance model set yet another year ahead.  So what all is reportedly going to be included in the 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet?  Well, keep reading, and let’s see if the speculation proves to be grounded…

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